Capital New York:
Shortly after Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez called on the City Council to pass a resolution supportive of congestion pricing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while he's open to the idea, Albany isn't.
"I’ve said it’s something that is worth looking at, but as you’ve heard right now in Albany there’s no appetite for it," he said, following an unrelated press conference.
The MTA is facing a multi-billion-dollar hole in its $30 billion plan to fix up the region's subway and mass transit system.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the mayor are engaged in an ugly battle over who should fill the gap.
One proposal that's been around, in various iterations, for years now, would put tolls on the East River bridges and along 60th Street and reduce them on inter-borough crossings, like the Verrazano Bridge.
Transportation experts like the idea. De Blasio has declared himself open to it. Rodriguez, who chairs the Council's transportation committee, supports it.
But the idea also appears to be dead on arrival in Albany.